New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Laurie Berkner “Laurie Berkner Lullabies” (Hear here; MP3) (Two Tomatoes / Razor & Tie)
Black Label Society “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” (their first album since 2009; Hear here; Deluxe edition; MP3) (eOne Music)
Carlene Carter “Carter Girl” (songs cover three generations of Carter Family music; guests: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Elizabeth Cook, etc.; her first album since 2008; Hear here; MP3) (Rounder)
Colourmusic (Stillwater, Okla.-based experimental rockers) “May You Marry Rich” (Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Memphis Industries)
Denney and the Jets “Mexican Coke” (producers: Andrija Tokic, Clear Plastic Masks; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Burger / Limited Fanfare)
Delain (Dutch symphonic metallers) “The Human Contradiction” (Hear here; MP3) (Napalm)
James Durbin (“American Idol” season 10 finalist) “Celebrate” (first single: “Parachute”; Hear here; MP3) (Wind-up)
EMA (South Dakota singer-songwriter Erika M. Anderson) “The Future’s Void” (first single: “Satellites”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Matador)
The Faint “Doom Abuse” (first single: “Help in the Head”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (SQE Music)
For the Fallen Dreams (Detroit hardcore band) “Heavy Hearts” (Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Rise)
John Frusciante (of Red Hot Chili Peppers) “Enclosure” (producer: Frusciante; Hear here; Vinyl) (Record Collection)
Greyhounds (Austin-based duo) “Accumulator” (first single: “What’s on Your Mind”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Ardent Music)
Highasakite (Norwegian quintet) “Silent Treatment” (first single: “Since Last Wednesday”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; MP3) (Propeller Recordings)
Eric Hutchinson “Pure Fiction” (first single: “Tell the World”; Hear here; See here; Read here) (Let’s Break Records / Kobalt)
Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids) “Convertibles” (producers: Inglish, Mike Einziger; guests: Mac Miller, Chromeo, Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Cool Kids bandmate Sir Michael Rocks, etc.; Hear here; See here; MP3) (Federal Prism / Sounds Like Fun)
Wilko Johnson / Roger Daltrey “Going Back Home” (the former Dr. Feelgood guitarist teams with The Who singer on 11 Johnson originals and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window”; Hear here; See here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Chess / Hip-O)
Martina McBride “Everlasting” (covers album; producer: Don Was; guests: Gavin DeGraw, Kelly Clarkson; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Vinyl Recordings / Kobalt Label Services)
MercyMe “Welcome to the New” (producers: David Garcia, Ben Glover; first single: “Shake”; Hear here; Read here; MP3) (Fair Trade Services)
Nostalghia (post-apocalyptic gypsy punk band) “Chrysalis” (first single: “You + I”; Hear here; MP3) (110 Records / INgrooves)
Joan Osborne “Love and Hate” (producers: Osborne, Jack Petruzzelli; new single: “Thirsty for My Tears”; Hear here; MP3) (eOne Music)
Patton Oswalt “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time [CD/DVD]” (See here; MP3) (Comedy Central)
Ratking (NYC hip-hop crew) “So It Goes” (guests: King Krule, Wavy Spice, Salomon Faye; first single: “Canal”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Hot Charity / XL Recordings)
Squarepusher x Z-Machines “Music for Robots” (five-song EP; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Warp)
Todd Terje (Norwegian DJ-producer) “It’s Album Time” (guest: Bryan Ferry; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3, with a bonus track) (Olsen)

More Releases for the Week of April 8, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label:
Ronaldo Capetti “H.I.T.S – Hottest in the Streets [MP3]” (first single: “R.O.L.L.A.”; Hear here) (Capetti Music, April 9)
Dead Fame (Richmond, Va., post-punk group) “Vicious Design [MP3]” (seven-song EP; Hear here; Read here) (Human)
Duologue (London quintet) “Memex [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Killing Moon / Wild Game)
Froskull (prog-rock band) “Froskull [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Groovestand Compendium, April 10)
GrandEvolution (alt-pop/rock quartet from Worchester, Mass.) “Hopes and Dreams [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (iamspyder)
Incan Abraham (L.A. quartet) “Tolerance [MP3]” (producer: Lewis Pesacov; first single: “Concorde”; Hear here; Vinyl) (White Iris)
Emm Gryner (three-time Juno Award nominee and former backup vocalist for David Bowie) “Torrential [MP3]” (producer: Joe Corcoran; guest: Chris Hadfield; first single: “Pioneer”; Hear here) (Dead Daisy)
The Living Statues (Milwaukee rock trio) “Knockin’ [MP3]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (A-Side Worldwide)
PUP (Canadian punk-rock band) “PUP [MP3]” (producer: Dave Schiffman; first single: “Reservoir”; Hear here; Vinyl) (SideOneDummy)
Shades of Fame “Staying Away [MP3]” (guest: Blind Melon’s Brad Smith; ReverbNation) (Shades of Fame, April 7)
Spectators (indie space dance-funk quintet from Batavia, Ill.) “Paranoia [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Spectators, April 5)
Joshua Sterling “Rise in Love [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Joshua Sterling)
Mac Steven “When It All Falls Down [MP3]” (first single; ReverbNation) (MSW Media)
Xavier Toscano “Feels So Good [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Xavier Toscano)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
ABBA “Waterloo (Deluxe Edition)” (1974 album; remastered, with eight bonus tracks, and a DVD of rare and previously unseen TV footage; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – Universal, April 7)
Ann-Margret “And Here She Is Again 1961-1962” (two CDs, 49 songs; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – Jasmine, April 11)
Bobby Freeman “Do You Want To Dance? The Best of 1956-1961” (two CDs, 38 songs; Read here) (U.K. – Jasmine, April 11)
Groovie Ghoulies “Flying Saucer Rock-N-Roll!” (a reissue of the first three Groovie Ghoulies 7-inches from the mid-1980s, with three bonus tracks; Vinyl; MP3) (Green Door Recording Co. / Eccentric Pop)
Emmylou Harris “Wrecking Ball: Deluxe Edition” (1995 album; remastered, with a second CD of previously unreleased material and a DVD containing the documentary “Building the Wrecking Ball”) (Nonesuch)
Wilbert Harrison “Gonna Tell You a Story: Complete Singles As & Bs 1953-1962” (two CDs, 40 songs; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – Jasmine, April 11)
The Hues Corporation “Freedom For the Stallion (Expanded Edition)” (1973 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; See here; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break, April 7)
Dick Hyman and His Orchestra “Provocative Piano I & II” (1960, 1961 albums on one CD; remastered; 24 tracks; Read here; MP3) (Sepia)
Chaka Khan “Chaka (35th Anniversary Edition)” (1978 album; remastered; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break, April 7)
Evelyn “Champagne” King “Action: The Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King’ Anthology (The RCA Years 1977-1985)” (U.K. – Big Break, April 7)
Little Eva & Her Girlfriends (feat. Carole King, The Cookies and The Ronettes) “Doin’ the Locomotion” (25 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Jasmine, April 11)
Mike + The Mechanics “Living Years: Deluxe Edition” (1988 album; remastered, with a second CD containing 10 live recordings from 1989 and a new recording of “The Living Years,” plus a 24-page booklet; Read here) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Tony Orlando “Bless You” (his 1961 debut album, “Bless You and Eleven Other Great Hits,” with five bonus tracks; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – Jasmine, April 11)
Linda Ronstadt “Duets” (15-song collection of duets with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Aaron Neville, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, etc.; Read here; MP3) (Rhino)
Phoebe Snow “Phoebe Snow [Hybrid Stereo SACD]” (1974 album; special mastering by Cohearent Audio‘s Kevin Gray; Read here) (Analogue Productions)
Ray Stevens “Ahab, Jeremiah, Sgt. Preston and More … The Early Ray Stevens” (31 tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Jasmine, April 11)
Chip Taylor “Gasoline” (1971 album; remastered; includes his original version of “Angel of the Morning”; Hear here) (U.K. – Retroworld / Floating World, April 7)
Various artists “Bubbling Under Volume 2” (32 tracks that reached Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” chart from 1961-67; Read here) (Rare Rockin’)
Various artists “Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Pop and Classic R&B” (two CDs, 32 songs) (Shout! Factory)

More Releases for the Week of April 8, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Amazing Rhythm Aces “Stacked Deck [MP3]” (1975 album; includes “Third Rate Romance”), “Too Stuffed to Jump [MP3]” (1976 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Artful Dodger “Artful Dodger [MP3]” (1975 album) (Columbia / Legacy)
Big Mountain “Unity [MP3]” (1994 album), “Free Up [MP3]” (1997 album) (Rhino / Warner)
Blood, Sweat & Tears “The Essential Blood, Sweat & Tears [MP3]” (32 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Car Crash Set “No Accident [MP3]” (1984 album; Hear here) (R.D.E.G., April 7)
Johnny Cash “Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town [MP3]” (1987 album), “Boom Chicka Boom [MP3]” (1990 album) (Mercury Nashville / UMe)
Comateens “Deal With It [MP3]” (1984 album; See here) (R.D.E.G., April 7)
The Cranberries “To the Faithful Departed [MP3]” (1996 album) (Island / UMe)
Fishbone “The Essential Fishbone [MP3]” (36 songs) (Columbia / Legacy)
Dan Fogelberg “The Essential Dan Fogelberg [MP3]” (28 songs) (Epic / Legacy)
Force M.D.’s “Love Letters [MP3]” (1983 album), “Touch and Go [MP3]” (1987 album), “Step to Me [MP3]” (1990 album), “For Lovers and Others: Force M.D.’s Greatest Hits [MP3]” (1992 compilation), “Let Me Love You: The Greatest Hits [MP3]” (17 songs) (Rhino)
Sam Kinison “Louder Than Hell [MP3]” (1986 album), “Have You Seen Me Lately? [MP3]” (1988 album), “Leader of the Banned [MP3]” (1990 album) (Rhino / Warner)
Lake “No Time for Heroes [MP3]” (1984 album; Hear here) (R.D.E.G., April 7)
The Mobiles “Mobiles [MP3]” (1982 album) (R.D.E.G., April 7)
Bonnie Pointer “If the Price Is Right: Expanded Edition [MP3]” (1984 album; with nine bonus tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Matthew Sweet “The Essential Matthew Sweet [MP3]” (33 tracks) (Volcano / Legacy)
Tears For Fears “Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) [MP3]” (1992 compilation; 23 tracks) (Mercury / UMe)
Village People “Village People [MP3]” (1977 album), “Go West [MP3]” (1979 album) (Mercury / UMe)
Bob Welch “Bob Welch [MP3]” (1981 album), “Eye Contact [MP3]” (1983 album; with three bonus tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
Widespread Panic “The Essential Widespread Panic [MP3]” (28 tracks) (Volcano / Legacy)
Bobby Womack “Pieces [MP3]” (1978 album) (Columbia / Legacy)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label:
Justin Bieber “Justin Bieber’s Believe [DVD]” (2013 concert film biopic; See here; Blu-ray + DVD) (Universal Studios)
Bobby Darin “The Bobby Darin Show [DVD]” (three discs; his 1973 NBC variety show featured guest appearances by Peggy Lee, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Nancy Sinatra, etc.; he died later that same year; See here; Read here) (MPI)
Doris Day, Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart [DVD]” (1954 film; See here; Blu-ray) (Olive Films)
Audrey Hepburn “Sabrina [Blu-ray]” (1954 film; music by Frederick Hollander; See here), “Funny Face [Blu-ray]” (1957 film; music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; See here) (Paramount)
Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, et al “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD]” (2013 film; two discs; Blu-ray + DVD; Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD; Combo Pack with limited-edition book ends) (New Line Home Video)
Graham Parker “Don’t Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and The Rumour [DVD]” (BBC Four documentary, directed by Michael Gramaglia, includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Nick Lowe and Parker himself; Read here) (Virgil Films and Entertainment)
Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart “Grudge Match [DVD]” (2013 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Warner Home Video)
Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts “August: Osage County [DVD]” (2013 film; Blu-ray + DVD) (Anchor Bay)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of April 8, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher/Due date:
Leonard Cohen “A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen [Kindle]” (author: Liel Leibovitz; Hardcover) (W.W. Norton & Company, April 7)
Elizabeth Lunday “Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World’s Musical Masters [Kindle]” (Paperback) (Quirk Books)
Bob Marley “Bob Marley: The Untold Story [Kindle]” (author: Chris Salewicz; Hardcover) (Faber & Faber)
Joe Satriani “Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir [Kindle]” (co-author: Jake Brown; Hardcover) (BenBella Books)
Paul Stanley (of KISS) “Face the Music: A Life Exposed [Hardcover]” (Kindle) (HarperOne)

More Book Releases for the Week of April 8, 2014

Next week: April 15, 2014

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